General Article The Data Protection Act

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Everyone who is responsible for using data has to follow strict rules called ‘data protection principles’. They must make sure the information is:

used fairly and lawfully

  • used for limited, specifically stated purposes
  • used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • accurate
  • kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary
  • handled according to people’s data protection rights
  • kept safe and secure
  • not transferred outside the UK without adequate protection.

There is stronger legal protection for more sensitive information, such as:

  • ethnic background
  • political opinions
  • religious beliefs
  • health
  • sexual health
  • criminal records.

 

Find out what data an organisation has about you

The Data Protection Act gives you the right to find out what information the Governmen

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